The best way to feel differently is to do differently. Yoga helps combat anxiety because it’s present-focused. When we get too far into the future, we start to feel anxious. By learning the skills of staying in the present moment, or focusing on your breath, you can use these techniques to calm down when your anxiety starts to increase.
Have you ever heard of Somatic Dance Movement? Chances are you probably haven’t. What you might have heard about recently is the relationship between our bodies and our emotions – especially related to stress, anxiety, or trauma. For a long time, psychologists and doctors thought just talking through our emotions and past experiences could help us heal and move forward. Sometimes this works, but often it doesn’t. The body keeps score.
Have you heard of the new Weight Watchers (excuse me, I mean WW) app called Kurbo? Created and marketed as an app to “help kids and teens ages 8-17 reach a healthier weight,” its foundation is in the well-intentioned but harmfully-executed push to combat childhood obesity. I’m an eating disorder therapist with specialized training in working with adolescents so alarm bells start to go off for me anytime I see weight loss mentioned, especially for kids.
How do you feel after watching or reading the news? Check in with yourself - chances are you might notice feeling more anxious, worried, or even depressed after even brief exposure to the day’s headlines, and this probably won’t come as a surprise. Scroll through any social media feed, skim the attention-grabbing headlines, or tune into your favorite podcast - bad news feels like it’s everywhere. So how can you keep up to date without being overwhelmed? We have some ideas that can help.